5 Favorites: Summer Sandals

My 5 Favorites series was popular last year, so I thought I’d update and republish some of those posts as we finish out the summer and transition towards fall. Today I’m sharing my 5 favorite pairs of summer sandals. This post was an easy one because it hasn’t changed much since last summer.

My 5 Favorite Summer Sandals: I highly recommend any of these if you're looking to add a pair to your closet.

My 5 Favorite Summer Sandals

By way of disclaimer, I don’t mind spending a little more on good shoes, and since this is a list of my favorites, there are no budget buys in this list. What’s the saying? Invest in your shoes and your sheets because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other… or something like that! Ha!

Everyone’s list of favorites will vary by their budget and lifestyle. I like to have a mix of mid-price sandals that are comfortable and durable for everyday wear and a few higher end splurges for fun. My lifestyle is quite casual so I wear my flat sandals way more than my heels, but I still like to have a few pairs of wedges and block heel sandals for dressier occasions.

#1. Tory Burch Miller Flip Flops // I’m sure it will surprise no one that these sandals top my list. I wear them probably 5 days out of 7 during the summertime, I keep them in my closet year round for anytime I’m traveling to a warm destination, and I always throw them in my tote to wear home from pedicure appointments.

I love these because they’re comfortable and the medallion is such a pretty detail. One of the most common questions I get is which color I recommend. I have them in several colors, but the Sand Patent is by far the best bang for your buck because you cannot destroy these things. I’ve had mine for going on three years, and I wear them in the rain, to the pool, and even to the beach, and they still look almost new. The Makeup color is beautiful, but the footbeds of mine already have dirt stains — not that you can see that when my feet are in them, but it’s something to be aware of. The patent styles hold up much better.

For size reference, I have these in the 8, which is the size I typically take in a sandal, so I always say they run true to size, but some women say they need to size up. I think it depends on if your feet have a high arch or not.

#2. Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals // Again, this will surprise no one who reads my blog on a regular basis, but if I’m not wearing my Miller sandals, I’m usually wearing these gold thong sandals. I also have them in pink, but I particularly love a metallic shoe because it’s a tad dressier than other neutral colors, and this classic minimalistic design is versatile and goes well with everything from shorts to jeans to dresses.

These sandals come in a TON of colors from neutrals to brights to pastels, and they’re very comfortable for a flat sandal. The ankle strap is adjustable for a customized fit. I recommend sizing up a half size in these; I have the 8 1/2.

#3. Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandals // This style is super popular right now and several brands have similar sandals, but these are my favorite. They quality is evident in the look and feel, and they hold up well to several hours of wear. The 4″ heels are high, but with the ankle strap, they offer enough stability to keep my feet happy.

I have the oatmeal suede, and I love it — it’s the perfect neutral that compliments the cool tones I tend to wear, but they also come in a lot of other colors. These run true to size; I have the 8.

If you like this style but don’t want to spend the Sam Edelman price, there are lots of other options including this pair from Target. Also, the Steve Madden Irenee is a nice lower heeled option.

#4. Michael Kors Jill Espadrille Wedge Sandals // These are a new wardrobe addition this year, and I’ve found myself wearing them a lot. I kind of like having a black sandal option. They’re very good quality and comfortable, and they also come in gold. I’ve worn them with dresses, pants, and even shorts. They run true to size; I have the 8.

All of my other favorite wedge sandals are no longer for sale, so I didn’t want to include them in this post, but I have several other pairs I wear a lot. Also, a notable mention should be these Treasure & Bond wedges. They’re not quite the quality of the popular Marc Fisher ones, but for the price, they’re a good value, and I like that the platform isn’t as high.

#5. Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandals // Speaking of black sandals, I’ve been loving this pair this summer. The quality is amazing, and I like the 3.25″ heel and the slight platform.

These are a splurge, for sure, but they’re worth it if they work with your budget and lifestyle. I was able to get mine during a Bloomingdale’s promo last spring, so they do go on sale from time to time. Of course there are a lot of good options at lower price points, but I’m a sucker for Stuart Weitzman comfort and quality.

These shoes look equally good with pants and dresses, and they come in many other colors including some gorgeous neutrals.

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